​Oneida County History Center

Volunteers are essential to the Oneida County History Center.  Volunteers staff our bookstore and research library assisting with a wide range of activities from answering phones to digitizing our collections.  If you love history and are interested in sharing your time, then we'll find an opportunity to match your interests and skill set.  Current opportunities are listed below:

Research Library Assistant- The history center is looking for volunteers to staff our research library on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons this summer and beyond.  The primary responsibility of the volunteer is to answer the phone, greet visitors, and assist visitors wishing to research. Those with an interest and the capability are welcome to help with research and collections management.  Volunteer for one day a week or all three. 

Collections Assistant- The history center seeks a detail-oriented volunteer to assist with collections management.  The volunteer will primarily assist with accession and deaccession paper work.  Basic computer skills are a plus, but not necessary.

Other Opportunities- Custodial, administrative, and membership support.  Contact the history center at 315-735-3642 for more detailed descriptions. 

Mary Bottini with Director, Brian Howard

2017 Volunteer of the Year- Mary Bottini


The Oneida County History Center has named Mary Bottini Volunteer of the Year for 2017.  Volunteers, such as Mary, are vital to the daily operation and long-term care of the history center.  Mary was elected by her co-volunteers, history center staff, and the Board of Trustees. 

Mary began to volunteer in 2010, after retiring from a 29 year career with General Electric and 14 years with Remet Corporation.  She decided to volunteer due to her shared interest in history with her husband, Oneida County Historian, Joe Bottini.  Mary’s primary responsibility is to maintain the history center map collection.  She also assists with bulk mailings, special events, fundraisers, telethon registration, and works multiple shifts at the OCHC satellite bookstore at Sangertown Square Mall each December.  Mary’s favorite task is to help prepare bulk mailings for membership renewals, the Oniota (our quarterly newsletter), and fundraising.  Collections work is often a solitary activity; group activities, such as preparing bulk mailings, provide an opportunity to interact with other volunteers and meet new individuals.

Mary, a grandmother of 3, enjoys shopping, sharing meals with friends and family, walking, and attending Broadway Theatre League productions.  She is a member of the Oneida County History Center, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Cassville Community Baptist Church, and the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica.  The history center is grateful for enthusiastic volunteers and active community members like Mary.  The history center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like to thank and recognize Mary Bottini for her many years of dedicated service to the history center and the community.
The history center is always looking for dedicated volunteers and interns to help preserve our past.  Please read below for more information and current opportunities.
Two paid internships are available to eligible Utica College students!
​The history center seeks an Assistant to the Executive Director to assist with the daily tasks of a small non-profit organization and a Digital History and Research Library Assistant to aid with the ongoing digitization of the history center's collections.  Detailed job descriptions are available online at https://www.utica.edu/hr/studentemployment/open_jobs.cfm or by contacting rmclain@oneidacountyhistory.org

Not just for history majors! 
Any student with an interest in history, heritage, or museum studies is encouraged to apply!

Application Instructions
Contact Associate Professor of History, Dr. Sherri G. Cash at scash@utica.edu to apply
*Students must be eligible for work study*  


Volunteers Mary Bottini and Bob Steffenson digitize the map collection


Student internships at the history center are a great way to gain hands-on experience in the fields of history or museum studies.  Internships are open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Internships are unpaid; however, check with your institution about course credit or service hours.  

Projects are available in the areas of:

  • exhibit design

  • collections management

    • textiles

    • blueprints

    • records & archives

    • paintings & artworks

  • digital history

  • research

  • education

utica college- work study at ochc